Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.
The Adobe Creative Cloud is live! There are a lot of new features and improvements for video editors and creative professionals, but where do you start?Some folks are taking a “wait and see approach” to the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are ready to jump in these resources will save you time and frustration. In this post we look at a few resources for learning the new Creative Cloud apps that are most relevant to video professionals.I have previously written about my favorite features in the Creative Cloud versions of Prelude, After Effects and Premiere Pro (here and here).Personally, I think the Creative Cloud upgrade is a big one for video professionals. The ability to sync custom settings (preferences, keyboard shortcuts, effect presets and custom workspaces) is probably the biggest plus for me.After Effects CC adding Cinema 4D Litewill open the door for editors and designers who want to learn 3D without having to buy a separate app (Cinema 4D Lite is comparable to the previous Prime version at $995).Creative Cloud: Adobe BlogsAdobe’s useful blogs give you an overview of the changes of Creative Cloud and look at the new features in detail. Also, there’s loads of links to video tutorials and other resources. Adobe TV is also another helpful Adobe resource for video tutorials.Premiere ProAfter EffectsSpeedgradePhotoshopLightroomCreative Cloud TrainingAndrew Devis & Kevin P McAuliffe have free tutorials on using Premiere Pro CC & After Effects CC at Creative Cow.Grayscale Gorilla has a free training series on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware that come with After Effects CC. If you are looking to jump into learning 3D, this a great place to start.Maxon’s Cineversity (they make of Cinema 4D) has free tutorials on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware with After Effects CC.Larry Jordan has a series of upcoming webinars on Premiere Pro CC.Lynda.com has already launched training for Photoshop/Lightroom, Prelude, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Speedgrade.Infinite Skills has training available for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects & Audition.Creative Cloud Tools from Around the WebRetooled has launched “Color reTooled” a collection of color grading presets for Premiere Pro CC and Speed Grade CC. The intro price for the preset pack is $12.99.You can drag and drop the presets in Premiere Pro or open SpeedGrade and customize the looks there.Vashi Nedomansky has a free template for Premiere Pro CC & CS6. This gives you use his time saving “pancake layout” of 2 timelines stacked on top of each other.Creative Impatience is already looking at workflows and possible issues, like the changes to using RGB and Luma Curves in Premiere Pro CC.Rich Young at Pro Video Coalition rounds up his favorites resources, tips, and tutorials on Premiere Pro CC and the cloud in general.OnlineVideo.net offers an informative read on “The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC”Know of Creative Cloud resources that didn’t make the list?Share in the comments below!
At one time, every project needed a promotional website, but in the age of Facebook pages, is this still true?Cover Image via Shutterstock. Before the introduction of Facebook pages, one of the best ways to promote your film and create a following was through a website. At networking events, festivals, online, or wherever, you could quickly direct someone to your film’s URL, where they could see behind-the-scenes photographs, credentials, contact information, and so on. The more professional the site, the more professional you and your project looked. In today’s digital age, however, you can do all that and more on Facebook — for free.Creating a website is neither cheap nor easy. So let’s weigh the pros and cons between a Facebook page and a dedicated website.Image via Shutterstock.The CostIf you’ve never created a website before, let’s break down the very basics of the cost. We’re going to assume you’re using something like a wordpress.org hosting platform. (Learn the difference between .org and .com here). Using WordPress, you can find a ton of great short film or creative-oriented themes that you can build upon to create a unique website. While there is definitely a learning curve, you can pick up what you need to know relatively quickly. For your first purchase, you can also get the essentials at a discounted cost:Domain — (the website URL) $0.99 for a year’s registration, and around $10 after that.Hosting — $10 a month or at a discounted price for the year.WordPress.org theme — $40-$150+So for the basics, you’re looking at at least $150 for the initial year. If you’re working on a low-budget or no-budget film, that’s a substantial amount. This isn’t even taking into consideration the hours you have put in to get the site operational. Conversely, a Facebook page is free, and you can get one up and running in just ten minutes. There is no learning curve, there are no plug-ins to install, and there is no code to understand. (Although, you don’t own this page outright like you do a website.)Image via Shutterstock.If you want a completely new and unique website, you would have to hire a web designer, and this would very quickly enter into the thousands-of-dollars price range. Therefore, it’s usually wisest to stick with a theme and customize it to the point that it’s indistinguishable from the original — or at least hire a WordPress theme designer, which would be somewhat cheaper than building an entire website from the ground up.Social EngagementIf you decide to host the film or web-series on your own website rather than through YouTube, you have to consider the discoverability of your website as opposed to YouTube or even Facebook’s (not-so-good) video player. Webmasters spend months, even years, working on creating SEO-friendly pages and content to increase the page rankings of their website. If your site is solely going consist of a short film with no additional content, traffic will stop, and the site will ultimately fall in the search rankings.Image via Shutterstock.In the age of social media, we have to talk about the benefits of hosting your short film on Facebook rather than a website. Whether you build a website, create a Facebook page, or host the short film solely on Vimeo, at some point, the film will begin circulating on Facebook. However, the audience reach of people sharing your film’s Facebook page in comparison to your film’s website will be far greater. Facebook’s sharing algorithm strongly prefers content that keeps users on the site (more ad impressions = more revenue for Facebook). Therefore, if several audience members share your short film, then a lot more people will view the Facebook page than if the same group was sharing the link to your website.At this point, opting for a Facebook page should seem like the obvious choice. The nail in the coffin, however, is communicating with your audience at a moment’s notice.Image via Shutterstock.While you can configure WordPress on your phone, there’s nothing as easy as using the Facebook Pages app on a smartphone or tablet. You can essentially build a community around your film or web series on Facebook, and as communities tend to grow, so will your viewership. Unless you install forums on your website, which is tedious, this just wouldn’t be possible for your film’s web page.Ultimately, if you’re creating a low-budget short, setting up a website for promotional purposes isn’t feasible. It’s just going to be money that you’ll never get back. However, there is one situation wherein a website would reign supreme, and that’s if you’re selling merchandise. Currently, the Facebook merchandise feature is very fickle, although they are looking into making advancements. Therefore, if you think there is a market for merchandise and Blu-Rays, like RocketJump’s “Videogame Highschool,” it would likely be best to have a website for e-commerce.When to Build a WebsiteConversely to everything discussed above, when you have a body of work to showcase, it would then be in your interest to create a website. Followers and interested viewers can easily browse all your work on a single page — which is not possible on a Facebook page because you have to scroll through an endless sea of status updates.The verdict?Individual exhibition: Create a websiteShort film: Take advantage of Facebook’s fantastic page feature.AdvertisingIf you’ve already browsed your Facebook feed today, I’m sure you have already come across a sponsored post. These are paid promotions for posts from Facebook Pages that appear in the timeline of someone who has a similar interest. If you were to follow various Facebook Pages about the horror genre, vampires, and Dracula, and I promoted a post for my short film about Dracula’s Son and targeted those keywords, you would more than likely see the film appear in your timeline. While you can do almost the same thing with a website, the process is inherently a lot harder and requires the use of a third-party ad manager.Whether you love or loathe Facebook, it’s become an invaluable tool for filmmakers and creative types to promote their work, and I recommend you take advantage of it for your creative venture.Looking for more articles on using Facebook for promotion? Check out these:How to Properly Export Video for FacebookFacebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsCreate a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your VideosExport Premiere Pro Projects Straight to Social MediaEngage Your Audience Faster With Adobe’s Social Publishing Panel
Indian bowlers were made to toil extremely hard on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Southampton and in the end they had 8 wickets to show for their efforts on a pitch which is becoming easier for batting but it is England who will be the happier side thanks to their 233-run lead at the end of the day’s play.Resuming on their overnight score of 6 for no loss, England rode on splendid batting efforts from Jos Buttler and Joe Root to reach 260 for 8 at stumps in their second innings with a healthy lead over India.Buttler top-scored for the hosts with 69 runs while Root made 48 in a much improved batting display from the English team second time around. Keaton Jennings also contributed with 36 runs while Sam Curran will resume his innings at 37 on the fourth day.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: HighlightsHow quickly India get Curran out on Sunday will decide the quantum of runs that India would need to chase. The match could end on Day 4 if weather permits.For India, it was Mohammed Shami who was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 53 runs in 13.5 overs while Ishant Sharma got two important wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 33 overs in the day and had one wicket to show for his efforts while Jasprit Bumrah, India’s main strike bowler, could only manage one wicket in 19 overs.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: As it happenedIt could now be a tricky chase for the Indian line-up especially with the track being two paced where handling Stuart Broad could prove to be a difficult proposition.advertisementThis was Buttler’s ninth Test fifty and he showed a lot of application even though he was troubled by the initial spell from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.A sweet gesture: Pastries and strawberries for Virat Kohli after 6000 Test runsHe survived a good spell of reverse swing from Shami and was ready to cut down on the shots square of the wicket.He only played the deliveries on the drivable length as his 122-ball innings had seven boundaries.In fact, England were in trouble at 122 for 5 when Joe Root was run out for 48. The lead was not even 100 runs but it was Buttler, who took the attack back to the opposition camp as Ravichandran Ashwin (35-7-78-1) despite being economical was not half as effective as Moeen Ali.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner couldn’t use the footmarks created by the trio of Mohammed Shami (3/53), Ishant Sharma (2/36) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/51 in 19 overs).His only success was Stokes, who has been showing his defensive traits in this series with some dogged resistance. He was finally out caught in the slips to Ajinkya Rahane after a stand that lasted for 22 overs.Buttler however continued to defy the Indian bowlers in company of Curran as they also consumed nearly 17 overs.Finally, it was the second new ball that did the trick as Ishant angled one into Buttler to trap him leg before.Curran however, batted in a positive fashion hitting Bumrah for a couple of boundaries.(With PTI inputs)
zoom Cyprus-based Seatankers Management Company, part of Fredriksen Group, has sold three dry bulk carriers, data from VesselsVaue dated January 17 shows.The vessels in question are 2010-built Supramaxes, Sea Dias and Sea Athena, featuring 57,000 dwt respectively.The duo was sold in an en bloc transaction to an undisclosed Chinese owner for a total of USD 22.4 million.The third ship from the batch is a Panamax bulk carrier named Sea Trellis. The 79,500 dwt ship was built in 2012 by Jinhai Intelligent Manufacturing from China.Greek owner Axis Bulk Carriers Inc is said to have bought the bulker for USD 15.5 million.Seatankers Management Company, a subsidiary of Fredriksen’s Golden Ocean Group, engages in ship chartering and ship owning operations. The company operates a fleet of owned and leased Panamax and Capesize drybulk vessels.According to VesselsValue data, the company has 19 ships in its live fleet, including 17 bulkers and two tankers, worth a total of USD 322 million.The shipowner also has two LR2 newbuildings on order at Korean shipbuilder Daehan. The 129,800 cbm tanker pair is slated for delivery in 2018.World Maritime News Staff
Ever since she shot to fame performing on Strictly Come Dancing, 17-year-old Dionne Bromfield has been known for her soulful voice, which is reminiscent of that of her late godmother, Amy Winehouse. Now, the talented singer’s advocacy for animals will be well known, too.Dionne Bromfield – Here’s the Rest of Your Fur CoatCredit/Copyright: PETA UKIn her new anti-fur ad for PETA, Bromfield holds a bloodied, skinned fox and stares pointedly into the camera above the words “Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat”.“Not only is fur cruel, it’s also totally gross”, says Bromfield. “I mean, who wants to wear the skin of an abused animal? Not me! I watched one of PETA’s fur videos, and I challenge anyone who wears fur to watch it, too. Seeing these terrified animals as they have their skin ripped off their backs just so that someone can walk around in a fur coat or hat really upset me – but it also inspired me to try to raise awareness about the fur trade.”Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. Sometimes, they are even skinned while still alive. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while fully conscious. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood have all publicly sworn off fur. With so many stylish alternatives available, there’s no excuse to harm a hair on an animal’s head.Bromfield joins a long list of celebrities – including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Joss Stone, Mark Ronson, Ke$ha, Rylan Clark, Natalie Imbruglia and Jamelia – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the fur industry.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.
The Point Foundation (Point) has announced that Vanessa Hudgens, Joey McIntyre and Sam Harris will perform at the Voices On Point fundraising dinner and concert honoring Diane Warren this month.The September 13 “Voices On Point” concert and dinner is a benefit for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The evening features performances and appearances by celebrities, as well as some of Point’s 80 current scholars and 184 alumni, who will share with the audience their compelling stories of perseverance and success.Also appearing at the event will be David Foster, Jason Collins, Judith Light and George Takei.Point Foundation will honor songwriter Diane Warren with its Leadership Award, given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Warren has repeatedly spoken out against bigotry of all kinds, including discrimination directed at the LGBTQ community.The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA.To find out more, click here.